Kate Wahl

Kate Wahl

Health Services and Policy Researcher

University of British Columbia


Kate Wahl is a graduate researcher interested in new strategies for moving evidence into health policy and practice. She uses qualitative methods to develop and evaluate approaches for sharing research findings with stakeholders including the public, healthcare providers, and policy makers. Her focus is on advancing the health of women and gender diverse people, and she is currently investigating patient decision aids, education programs, and storytelling in this context. Her research has been supported by the Canadian Institute of Health Research, the Women’s Health Research Institute, the BC SUPPORT Unit, the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, the UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the UBC Office of Community Engagement.


  • Qualitative health services and policy research
  • Patient-oriented research
  • Knowledge translation
  • Reproductive and sexual health


  • PhD in Reproductive and Developmental Sciences, 2023

    University of British Columbia

  • MSc in Population and Public Health, 2019

    University of British Columbia

  • BSc in Psychology, 2014

    University of Toronto


Public Service





PhD Student

University of British Columbia, Reproductive and Developmental Sciences

2019 – Present Vancouver

Graduate Research Assistant

University of British Columbia, Endometriosis and Pelvin Pain Laboratory

2019 – Present Vancouver

Graduate Research Assistant

University of British Columbia, Contraception and Abortion Research Team

2018 – 2019 Vancouver

MSc Student

University of British Columbia, Population and Public Health

2017 – 2019 Vancouver

Clinical Research Analyst

University Health Network, Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care

2013 – 2017 Toronto


Public Scholar

Health System Impact Fellowship


Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

ImpactBC Scholarship in Health Care Research and Development

Canada Graduate Scholarship - Master’s Award

Recent Publications

(2021). Dyspareunia in Their Own Words: A Qualitative Description of Endometriosis-Associated Sexual Pain. Sexual Medicine.

(2021). Endometriosis in Canada: It Is Time for Collaboration to Advance Patient-Oriented, Evidence-Based Policy, Care, and Research. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada.

(2020). Deep dyspareunia, superficial dyspareunia, and infertility concerns among women with endometriosis: a cross-sectional study. Sexual medicine.

(2020). Deep dyspareunia: review of pathophysiology and proposed future research priorities. Sexual medicine reviews.

(2020). Endometriosis and negative perception of the medical profession. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada.